Upcoming BF Service Provider Webinars

Are you looking to deepen your skills in support of beginning farmers? Don’t miss these two free webinars for service providers offered this April! Pre-registration is required and you need to register for each webinar separately. Valuing time and muscle – Working with beginning farmers in labor record keeping THURSDAY April 17th, 2014 from 12:00 to … Read More

Walk-Ins Welcome at Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference

NOFA-NY’s 3rd Annual Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference Holiday Inn, Auburn, NY  March 7, 2014 Registration: 8:00-9:00am Keynote Speaker Gary Zimmer, president of Midwestern BioAg, will discuss how to build healthy sustainable soils for your farm. Recognized around the world for his commitment to improving farming through building healthy soils, Gary has spoken to farmers and agribusiness professionals all across … Read More

Small Farmer Survey: Where do YOU sell?

Are you satisfied with your current marketing strategy?  Looking for new or better ways to sell your products?  The Cornell Small Farms Program is seeking farmer input to better understand small farm marketing trends via an online survey.  This survey will take 8 – 14 minutes and is primarily for small and mid-sized farmers.       Take the … Read More

Learn How You Can Use Sprouting Fodder on Your Farm

What: Sprouting Fodder Webinar When: February 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM Sprouting barley and other grains for dairy cows (and other livestock) is not a novel practice, but has gained more popularity in the past few years as grain prices rise and farmers search for ways to maximize their return on grain purchases. John Stoltzfus, a dairy … Read More

Sign Up for Farmer-to-Farmer Mentorship Program by Jan 31st

Consider signing up for NOFA-NY’s Mentorship Program or the Technical Consultancy Program! Beginning farmers in the program have called the advice and availability of their mentors “an invaluable help” and “a real comfort and confidence booster.” Farmers already engaging in mentorship have also joined the program, nominated by the new farmers that want to celebrate the long-standing relationships … Read More

Agencies to Contact for Additional Information

Food Safety http://www.foodsafety.gov/foodsafe.html New York State Ag & Markets – Food Safety & Inspection http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/FS/FSHome.html USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The FSIS, a public health regulatory agency, protects consumers by ensuring that meat and poultry products are safe, wholesome, and accurately labeled. http://www.fsis.usda.gov

References

Federal FDA: Poultry Products Inspection Act http://www.fda.gov/opacom/laws/pltryact.htm http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations/Poultry_Products_Inspection_Act/index.asp “Guidance for Determining Whether a Poultry Slaughter or Processing Operation is Exempt from Inspection Requirements of the Poultry Products Inspection Act” http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/Poultry_Slaughter_Exemption_0406 .pdf New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) – http://www.agriculture.ny.gov Resource Guide to Direct Marketing Livestock and Poultry. Goodsell & Stanton Revised 2011. Available … Read More

Glossary of Terms

Adulterated Generally, impure, unsafe, or unwholesome; however, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act contain separate language defining in very specific (and lengthy) terms how the term “adulterated” will be applied to the foods each of these laws regulates. … Read More

Appendix C: Poultry Best Management Practices Questionnaire

(NOTE: This questionnaire may be used by insurance companies to assess a producer’s knowledge of best practices for poultry processing when applying for liability and other farm insurance coverage) Name________________________ Farm Name________________________________ Training: Please describe any formal or informal training in poultry processing you’ve received. Include the duration and date(s) of training, as well as the … Read More

Appendix B: Sample Slaughter Record Log

Date Area Inspected/ Corrective Actions Needed (If Any) Initial/Date Notes: Corrective Actions Taken Initial/Date               Back to Table of Contents

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